NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This Saturday marks the beginning of the 2018 campaign for the Yale women's cross country team. A subset of the women's team will travel to compete at Van Cortlandt Park in the Fordham Fiasco/Ed Joyce Memorial Invitational, held in the Bronx.
This meet is an addition to the 2017 Yale women's schedule, providing an opportunity to get in racing experience before taking on head-to-head Ivy League competition. Generally, this meet has featured fewer than 15 teams, most of which are from the Northeast region. In 2016, the last time the Bulldogs competed at the Fordham Fiasco, they finished first in an impressive manner with three Yale athletes finishing in the top 10.
This year, a smaller group of athletes will be traveling. A group of seven Bulldogs will be competing while the rest of the team continues preparation for the Harvard-Yale-Princeton trigonal meet next week.
For some athletes, Van Cortlandt Park is a familiar venue. It was the course for the 2016 Fordham Fiasco as well as the 2017 Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Champions. For others, racing at Van Cortlandt Park will provide an invaluable opportunity to race at the technically challenging course that will be home to the Ivy League Championships and possible NCAA Regional Championships in future years.
Juniors Lauren Chapey and Hannah Steffke will be returning to the meet after competing in it during their first year. The last time Chapey raced at the Fordham Fiasco, her Yale debut, she finished 11th overall. She and Steffke will be joined by members of the sophomore and first year class.
A large contingent of sophomores will be racing at Van Cortlandt Park for the first time. Chloe Jensen, Zoe Nuechterlein, Sarah Pillard and Megan Quimby will represent the Bulldogs, kicking off their second season as Yale cross country athletes.
Abigail Long will represent Yale for the first time on Saturday as the sole first year athlete racing. Long, a long-distance specialist, holds an impressive cross country record from high school and could make an immediate impact for the Bulldogs.
The women's 5K will start at 9:30 a.m. EST on Saturday. Results will be posted on yalebulldogs.com once available.
Preview by Yale Sports Publicity.